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Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight

Obstacles await as Congress resumes health care fight

Health
Republican hopes for repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law are still twitching in Congress, though barely. Leaders lack the votes to pass something and face a fresh obstacle — the Senate parliamentarian ruled Friday that Republicans only have the ability to dismantle the law with 51 votes until the end of the month. It's among several health issues lawmakers face when they return from summer recess, even as fights over the budget and helping Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey grab center stage. WHEN WE LEFT OFF IN LATE JULY Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tried to push three plans through his chamber erasing the 2010 law called Obamacare. Republican defections denied him the 50 votes needed, with Vice President Mike Pence ready to seal vic
Trump Russia: US Congress reach deal on fresh sanctions

Trump Russia: US Congress reach deal on fresh sanctions

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLeaders of both parties in the US Congress have agreed on legislation that allows fresh sanctions to punish Russia for alleged election meddling.The new legislation would also sharply limit President Donald Trump's ability to lift any sanctions against Russia.He has previously said he needs diplomatic leeway with the Kremlin.Mr Trump's time in office has been dogged by claims that Russia tried to influence last year's US election.Moscow denies any wrongdoing but several US investigations are looking into whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.Correspondents say the bipartisan agreement indicates determination in Congress to maintain a firm line against Russia, whatever Mr Trump's view. Russia: The 'cloud' over the Tr...
FBI's liaison to Congress cited for misconduct

FBI's liaison to Congress cited for misconduct

Technology
The former top federal prosecutor in Nevada has been cited for misconduct in an 8-year-old sex discrimination case. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined earlier this year that a former female prosecutor was subjected to sex discrimination and retaliation while Greg Brower was in charge of the U.S. attorney's office in Nevada from January 2008 to October 2009, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported ( http://bit.ly/2tgYgdn ) Thursday. Brower is currently the FBI's top liaison with Congress during its investigation in Russian election meddling. He was also a former Nevada legislator. The eight-page decision by the commission issued May 19 was obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It supports an administrative judge's opinion that Brower acted hostile toward the pros...